ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
The war, may be all but over.
Friday March 21st, the first day of spring 2003
On the first night of the war, March 19th, 2003, the President authorized the use of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles and F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft with 2,000 pound bunker buster bombs to hit a target in downtown Bagdad. As it turns out, that target happened to be an underground bunker where Saddam Hussein, his two sons and many of his high command were meeting. It now appears that Saddam was injured and at least one of his sons, the youngest, was killed along with more of his command staff.
The reports now coming out are from very credible sources, CIA and Special Forces men dressed in the garb of the average Iraqi, speaking the language, walking the streets, and blending in. Saddam himself seems to have been injured, maybe seriously, but surely emotionally to the point where he is unable to make judgements of any value to his military.
And because at least one of his sons is dead, maybe two, blown to pieces, right in front of his eyes, I would say that for all intensive purposes, the war in Iraq may be over. When you want to kill a snake, you don't cut off his tail, it is his head you cut off. Killing a son in front of his fathers eyes will make that father literally useless for some time. When Saddam saw his son(s) killed right in front of him, either by being crushed by tons of reinforced concrete or by being blown to bits, or maybe both, it had to do something to his mind. And that something makes him totally ineffective of bing commander and chief of his military at a time when his military needs 100% command and control. For unlike our military that is trained to fight to the last man and has the reward of freedom for their efforts, the Iraqi military has no such reward for fighting, their reward is more slavery. And as such, needs constant control from the top on down, constant threat of death and torture for the families of any that leave their post.
With at least one of his sons dead, killed before his eyes, Saddam might as well be dead. How do I know? Well, I know from both the Word of God and from personal experience. On April 21st of this year it will be 10 years since my son died. And when we look at the word of God, we see that even God the Father got more than a little upset over the death of His Son, a death He as God had foretold and foreordered.
And they crucified Jesus, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, THEY PARTED MY GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND UPON MY VESTURE DID THEY CAST LOTS. Sitting down they watched Him there;
And set up over His head His accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled the Lord, wagging their heads, and saying, "Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save Thyself. If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross."
Likewise also the chief priests mocked Him, with the scribes and elders, they said, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let God deliver Him now, if God will have Him: for He said, 'I am the Son of God'." The thieves also, which were crucified with Him, cast the same in His teeth.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?
Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, "This Man calleth for Elias." And straightway one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink. The rest said, "Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save Him."
Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the Ghost.
Now at this point in time, as God the Father was looking on, His Son, Jesus, the Christ had just surrendered the Ghost and passed from earthly life to earthly death. Read God the Fathers reaction:
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. (Matthew 27:35-51 & 54)
You see, when God the Father saw His Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus, die, He shook the earth, He shook it so bad that a cloth veil fifty feet high ripped down the middle, He shook it so hard that rocks broke.
Now, am I comparing saddam and the death of his evil son to the death of God's precious and perfect Son Jesus? No, what I am doing is trying to get you to see that if indeed saddam has lost one or both of his sons, he will be such a basket case that his orders will be foolishness, if he can give orders at all. And that because we, through a great military action, may have brought this war to a successful conclusion early. For Saddam is not any where near as strong as God, he is more like me, and for the weeks following Andrews death, I was useless. My decisions were based on nothing and I only wanted to be left alone. Every time I saw a blonde headed six foot tall boy from the back I thought it was my Andrew. Every time I saw a kid on tv for some crime, I cried out, "Why my kid Lord, why not that bum?"
No, Saddam is nothing like God the Father, and while Saddam like all of us was made in the image of God, he has used his free will to follow satan. But, like me, Saddam is now going through the pain and anguish that only a parent who has lost a child can understand, it is a feeling that I know, and it is a feeling that this morning the parents of 5 US Marines and 8 British Marines know. And the deaths of those 5 US Marines, those 8 British Marines and his own son or sons rest firmly upon the shoulders and actions of one very evil and sadistic satan worshiping dictator, saddam hussein.
My heart goes out to the parents of the US and British Marines who have lost their sons. And I thank God for the accuracy of the weapons used, the men who launched them, and the President who ordered their use in destroying the evil of saddam hussein's evil son(s).
May our Lord comfort the parents of the US and British Marines who lost their lives fighting to free the people of Iraq from the horrors of saddam and his sons and may He quadruple the pain and anguish saddam feels as he tries to come to grips with the deaths of his son or sons because of his evil and satanic ways.
Lord be with and comfort the parents of those who died freeing the men, women and children of Iraq, help them Lord as Yu helped Cec and I, for Lord like Cec and I, You too know the pain of losing a Son.
Lord God Creator of all things, we, the people of the USA, give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Amen. And Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them before they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil left by Saul. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian evangelist preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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